General Motors named a woman as its next chief executive Tuesday, touting 33-year veteran Mary Barra as the first female head of a major U.S. car company.
GM announced that company veteran Barra would succeed Dan Akerson as CEO on Jan. 15. Barra, 51, currently works as executive vice president for global product development, purchasing and supply chain.
In announcing the news, GM said Barra is “a leader in the company’s ongoing turnaround” after a long decline.
Barra has worked at GM for more than three decades, rising through a series of manufacturing, engineering and senior staff positions.